Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • Shortest known gap between COVID-19 infections? 20 days, researchers say

    Twenty days is the shortest known gap between COVID-19 infections in a single patient, new research from the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases found.
  • Justice Department appeals Florida ruling ending masks on public transportation

    At the CDC's request, the Justice Department on April 20 appealed a ruling from a federal judge in Florida that voided the nation's mask mandate for travelers taking public transportation, including airplanes and trains. 
  • C. auris outbreak halts admissions at Detroit specialty hospital

    A small specialty hospital that operates within DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit is pausing admissions due to an outbreak of the deadly, drug-resistant fungus Candida auris, the Detroit Free Press reported April 20.
  • 'Short-sighted' and 'ill-timed': 8 healthcare leaders react to federal mask ruling

    Many health experts expressed concern over how the CDC's authority might be diluted in future outbreaks after a federal judge in Florida struck down the nation's mask mandate for public transportation April 18. 
  • Health officials search for cause of mysterious hepatitis outbreaks

    Scientists and health officials are investigating upticks in severe hepatitis cases among young children in the U.S. and Europe, according to Science.
  • Prevalence of BA.2 subvariant rises: 3 COVID-19 updates

    A sublineage of the BA.2 omicron subvariant — BA.2.12.1 — is gaining traction in the U.S., with the latest CDC variant proportion estimates showing the strain now accounts for 19 percent of the nation's COVID-19 cases. 
  • Kaiser, Prime Healthcare receive Eisenberg patient safety, quality awards

    The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum selected Prime Healthcare Services and Kaiser Permanente Northern California as recipients of their John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards in two categories. 
  • Hospital for Special Surgery names chief nurse

    New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery has appointed Paul Coyne, DNP, APRN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive.
  • Unclear link between physician burnout, care quality: Study

    A study involving physician surveys and Medicare claims data found no consistent relationship between burnout and patient outcomes, according to findings published in the April edition of Health Affairs.
  • CDC creates center for disease forecasting

    The CDC on April 19 launched a new Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics aimed at improving response measures during disease outbreaks.
  • Judge blocks US' transportation mask mandate, despite CDC extension

    A federal judge in Florida on April 18 voided the nation's mask mandate on public transportation, including airplanes, trains, buses and airports. The move comes despite the CDC's recent decision to extend the rule through at least May 3. 
  • The exodus of young nurses

    The U.S. nursing workforce fell by more than 100,000 in 2021, primarily driven by nurses under age 35 leaving hospital-based jobs, according to an analysis published April 13 in Health Affairs.
  • Some hospitals relax masking rules

    Health systems are weighing and making decisions for face masks to become optional for many individuals in certain spaces. 
  • 4 nurses making headlines on and off the job

    Here are four nurses who have made headlines for their efforts on and off the job  since April 5:
  • Some psychiatric conditions may raise risk of breakthrough COVID-19, study finds

    Vaccinated people with a history of certain psychiatric conditions may have a higher chance of contracting breakthrough COVID-19, according to a study published April 14 in JAMA Network Open.
  • CDC: US flu activity rises

    Flu activity in the U.S. increased for the week ending April 9, with the highest test positivity levels in central and south-central states, according to the CDC's latest FluView report. 
  • COVID-19 shot hesitancy complicates routine vaccination efforts

    Growing levels of vaccine hesitancy may be complicating efforts to catch children up on routine vaccinations, health experts told Politico April 18.
  • Michigan reports US' 1st known COVID-19 'spillover' cases

    Health officials believe four Michigan residents infected with a coronavirus strain linked to minks are the first known animal to-human COVID-19 cases in the U.S., the Detroit Free Press reported April 17. 
  • Early infections from omicron 'sister variants' not more severe, WHO leader says

    Health officials have not observed a change in severity among people infected with the omicron "sister variants" BA.4 and BA.5, Maria Van Kerkhove, PhD, COVID-19 technical lead for the World Health Organization, said during an April 13 media briefing.
  • COVID-19 cases to jump 94% by April 30 + 2 more forecasts

    COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising nationwide for the first time since January as the omicron subvariant BA.2 accounts for 85.9 percent of U.S. cases. Health experts say it is still unclear whether BA.2 will cause a COVD-19 surge that strains hospitals, but forecasting from the CDC and Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic provides some insight into what to expect in the coming weeks. 

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